Friday, April 10, 2015

Lighthearted Kansas Dugout Pillow Cover

Non-Quilty Sewing.
Lighthearted Kansas Dugout Pillow Cover | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Lighthearted Kansas Dugout Pillow Cover
Lighthearted Kansas Dugout Pillow Cover - the back | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Fabrics Used for the back ~ both are medium weight home decor fabrics:
Folk Modern by Ellen Luckett Baker in Black
Text Fabric by Kei Fabrics in Red
My fat quarter bundle of Lighthearted by by Ayumi Mills has finally seen some sewing action. These fabrics are adorable! I especially like the "I Spy" prints which I thought would make a great feature print for a small scale traditional Kansas Dugout patchwork block.

I reduced the size of my previously used Kansas Dugout block templates so that the finished block measures just 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. The small block size and the many inset seams (Y-seams) turned what was to be a quick project into a challenging project but I didn't overly mind for I enjoy both small scale piecing and repetitive sewing tasks.

Although the process and the technique for piecing this block is the same as for a larger size Kansas Dugout block I don't recommend this small size block for first time inset seam practice. Start with a larger size block and once you are comfortable with the technique tackle the smaller blocks and shorter seams.

This is also my first attempt at adding piping to a project. Piping is a great way to add a trim and draw attention to an edge or feature. Although not perfect I am pleased with my piping efforts and will definitely try this again; for which I will invest in a piping foot for my sewing machine as well as use a thicker piping cord. Both will make the task easier with hopefully a neat result.

As always, thank you for stopping by,

Sunday Stash - Lighthearted by Ayumi Mills for Kokka Fabrics
Kansas Dugout Tutorial and Templates
More RPQ Kansas Dugout Quilts

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  1. I didn't know there was such a thing as a piping foot....I assume it's similar to a zipper foot? Love the pillow!

  2. I think this is the perfect use for this print...I may have to copy your lead here! I've pinned it for future reference anyway! Thanks again for sharing your talent with us!

  3. Soooooooo cute! I love this pillow!

  4. This is fantastic. The smaller size block is the perfect way to feature Ayumi's adorable new fabric. I am also going to try piping my pillow cover for the Sewtopia challenge. It will be the first time for me too. But hey, that's why they call it a challenge. Looking forward to meeting you in Chicago.

  5. Beautiful pillow and wow those blocks are small! I use my zipper foot for piping and it works a charm.

  6. Love the fussy cut centers here. So excited to meet you and learn this next week at Sewtopia!

  7. Loooooove your wonderful way of using Ayumi's adorable prints! Wish I could learn to piece as beautifully as you do... Thanks for inspiring me with your work!

  8. Cute pillow, nice design and the cut-outs are adorable.

  9. Rosemary B here
    Yikes, Ayumi's fabrics are so adorable. I love this pillow idea too. Perfect!
    I do love this block very much as well.
    Wonderful Rita!

  10. I LOVE it - but hate Y-seams.

  11. This is such a fantastic pillow!!! I wondered how to use the little food print myself and this is a brilliant way! Thanks for sharing your ideas and creations. I find them so inspiring!

  12. Love your pillow and the piping is such a sweet touch!

  13. adorable, I love those tiny chickens :)

  14. adorable, I love those tiny chickens :)

  15. Love the use of the white fabric with all those prints!


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